Chamber looks for leaders

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its 2010 Community Leadership Program through Aug. 13.

The program is designed as an avenue for the development of tomorrow’s community leaders. Since its inception in 1979, the program has graduated more than 800 community leaders.

Each year, individuals from all business sectors, identified as having outstanding potential for community leadership development, are selected by sponsoring companies and organizations and offered a dynamic leadership experience. The leadership program is an excellent opportunity for a new employee, or one who is moving up the company ladder, to make valuable contacts while building lifelong relationships with other business people in the community.

The Chamber Community Leadership Program is a great way to get connected and involved,” said Cory Davies of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, a member of last year’s CLP Class. “My experience in the program has helped me build a much deeper understanding of the many organizations, industries, and services that come together to form our great community.”

The leadership program brings together participants once a month, beginning in August 2010 through May 2011 for half-day sessions. Participants typically come from diverse backgrounds and varying perspectives to learn more about themselves and the opportunities and challenges facing our community and the surrounding areas. In the Leadership Program, people share their ideas and experiences with each other, gain new skills and knowledge that can be applied in their personal and professional lives, and develop plans and for implementing a community betterment project.

The Chamber’s Community Leadership Program includes ten engaging sessions that provide everyone who participates with a foundation of basic leadership skills and knowledge fine-tuned to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s needs.  The curriculum includes:

1. Teambuilding – (September)

2. Workplace Communication – (September)

3. Public Safety – (October)

4. Education – (November)

5. Local Non-Profits – (December)

6. Community Sustainability – (January)

7. Community Development – (February)

8. Local Government & Legislative Affairs – (March)

9. Arts – (April)

10. Group Project – Project Management (ongoing)

“The Chamber’s Community Leadership Program is designed to cultivate new local leaders for the benefit of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s future,” said Frank Tamberrino, President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. “We invite businesses to invest in your community and in your employees’ professional success by signing them up for the Chamber’s Community Leadership Program.”

The class size is limited to encourage interaction and leadership skills development so register early. Applications are reviewed upon submission.

For more information or to apply, visit The application deadline for the Community Leadership Program is Monday Aug. 13.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at


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